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The Team

Wondering who we are? A little bit about each of our team members is available below. 

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Jillian Battaglio, CPA, CA

Jillian was born in Hamilton, Ontario and moved to the sunny Okanagan in 2001. She fully embraces the Okanagan lifestyle and enjoys hiking, rock climbing, cycling, skiing, cross-country skiing, gardening, and spending time with her partner Karlin and their dog Rhea. She loves supporting small businesses along with her local community. She can often be spotted at the local farmer's market or at small independent businesses. 


Jillian began her accounting career in 2008 when she worked for the Armstrong Fair as an accounting assistant. Since then she has had a large assortment of clients ranging from municipalities to restaurants. Jillian's preferred clients have always been small businesses. She enjoys the opportunity to help business owners understand their taxation requirements while utilizing available tax deductions, government grants, and financial planning tools. Some of the types of business that Jillian has worked with include: 

  • Personal and business services: restaurants and bakeries, hair salons, fitness trainers, doggy-day-cares as well as dog groomers and walkers.
  • Trades and construction: contractors, plumbers, cabinet makers, welders, HVAC providers, electricians, tree fellers, and mechanics 
  •  Professional services: dentists, optometrists, chiropractors, family doctors, real estate agents, consultants and investment firms. 

To obtain her CPA and CA designations in 2015, Jillian spent three years at Grant Thornton LLP in Kelowna. She worked extensively in their personal income tax department and has experience with a wide variety of clients ranging from young couples to retirees. Jillian enjoys working with her personal income tax clients to ensure all available tax credits and deductions are claimed and appropriate tax planning has been considered. 


Jillian opened Creekside Accounting Ltd in 2016. She focuses on providing personalized and friendly services. She has also volunteered with the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce since January 2018 as an ambassador

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Brett Leadley, Bookkeeper

Brett is a true valley girl having been born and raised in Kelowna. Brett loves the Okanagan and enjoys going for walks and spending time at the beach. Brett's favourite food is chicken fettuccine but she also loves Sushi. Brett pursued bookkeeping at Okanagan College and after excelling in her courses received her bookkeeping certificate in 2016. 


Brett brings her local knowledge, a strong technical background, and a great sense of humor to Creekside Accounting. She has been a part of Creekside Accounting since the very beginning and provides bookkeeping services as well as some administrative support to our clients. Brett is an invaluable member of the Creekside team. 

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Renee Altman, Bookkeeper & Administrative Assistant

  

Renee was raised in a small town in the Kootenays and moved to the ‘big city’ of Kelowna after high school where opportunities awaited. She completed her degree in Human Kinetics at UBCO and then specialized in holistic nutrition at the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition. After 6 years of running her nutrition consulting business, she decided to pursue a different career and enrolled at Okanagan College. In early 2019, she completed her administrative assistant certificate with distinction and joined the Creekside Accounting team. 

Renee provides administrative and bookkeeping support at Creekside Accounting. She is the friendly face you see when you first step in the door or the voice answering your call.

Renee loves outdoors activities including hiking, biking, dirt biking, surfing, playing soccer and many other sports. If you’re lucky, you may even get to try some of her homemade baking!

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Rhea, Official Client Greeter

Rhea is a golden retriever / cocker spaniel cross who was born and raised in Kelowna. She began her greeting career at an early age. Her preferred technique is to bark loudly and ensure everyone is aware that a valued Creekside Accounting client has arrived. 


The best part of Rhea's job is eating treats that customers bring her during the day. 


When not at the office Rhea's favourite activities include eating, more eating, lots of sleeping, swimming, cross-country skiing, more eating, and going on hikes with her family and friends.